The Brook DuPont

Name of Hospital: The Brook DuPont

City, State/Province, Country: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: Was admitted on a Friday night and had my vitals checked and given socks. The clothes I came in wearing were filthy and was forced to wear them for 2 days straight until my parents could visit and bring me clothes. They only allowed visits on Sundays and Wednesdays for an hour & a half if the patient gave the visitor their id number beforehand.

I had started my period during the day of admittance but when I asked for a sanitary product I was told I had to wait until an employee with keys came back. The employee made a crude joke about me being on my period. And that same employee made a masturbation joke when I asked if they offered lotion on a different day.

Smokers were allowed to go into a fenced in yard for a 10 minute smoke break 3 times a day, and those were the only times patients could go outside. We could leave the hall for meals, art therapy, and the gymnasium (which was geared towards the children patients instead of the adults).

The facility only offered various group therapies, all of which promoted Christianity.
I made some friends there which was nice, but the staff felt hostile at times.  There was always tension in the air because we could hear other wards screaming and hitting the walls throughout the day and night. One night, I was almost put in the quiet room. I think they had a different name for it though. It was a soft room with a bed and a camera. The only reason I wasn’t put there was because a patient from the children’s ward was already there.

One overnight staff worker was very kind. She gave me seek & finds to do while she filled out paperwork and in between her checks (every fifteen minutes they had to do a headcount).

The only time I got to speak with someone 1 on 1 was with my assigned psychiatrist for a few minutes every other day. my original medicine was doubled, and a new medicine added. I was not told what the new medicine was or what it did until I asked a nurse what I was taking after a few days.

I was never given any resources for life afterwards so I relapsed a few months later, only without hospitalization that time.  This was my first time as an inpatient, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it seems that my experience was typical based on what I have heard.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: female, lesbian, autistic

Year(s) : 2015

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